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Old 06-01-17, 04:58 PM
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Workshop Supplies

Hey Guys,

Just looking for a bit of advice for my workshop! I used to cycle a lot and then work took over but 2 years ago I started doing nixers for friends and locals in my house. I used to work as a full time bicycle mechanic at a large bicycle shop near me.
Anyway Ive recently just bought a steel tech shed/workshop for the garden to get the bikes and tools etc. out of the house. And Ive always wanted my own workshop so I'm slowly building up to it now
I haven't got much tools or equipment so Im looking to see if you guys would have any advice on what sort of parts a small bike shop usually stocks in the workshop such as consumables like cables, pads, etc.? Also a list of essential tools you guys might have had experience in the most used tools or most needed?
I have been searching and searching for stuff on this topic but all I'm finding is stuff on toolsets and theyre usually paid posts aiming to get you to buy a full toolset! Also I haven't found any posts on the workshop essentials in terms of parts!

Cheers for your help, just looking to kit it out a bit to be prepared for jobs coming my way rather than going to a supplier for small bits and pieces Yano? Also this is purely a hobby not a job!

Thanks!
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Old 06-01-17, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by danok View Post
Hey Guys,

Just looking for a bit of advice for my workshop! I used to cycle a lot and then work took over but 2 years ago I started doing nixers for friends and locals in my house. I used to work as a full time bicycle mechanic at a large bicycle shop near me.
Anyway Ive recently just bought a steel tech shed/workshop for the garden to get the bikes and tools etc. out of the house. And Ive always wanted my own workshop so I'm slowly building up to it now
I haven't got much tools or equipment so Im looking to see if you guys would have any advice on what sort of parts a small bike shop usually stocks in the workshop such as consumables like cables, pads, etc.? Also a list of essential tools you guys might have had experience in the most used tools or most needed?
I have been searching and searching for stuff on this topic but all I'm finding is stuff on toolsets and theyre usually paid posts aiming to get you to buy a full toolset! Also I haven't found any posts on the workshop essentials in terms of parts!

Cheers for your help, just looking to kit it out a bit to be prepared for jobs coming my way rather than going to a supplier for small bits and pieces Yano? Also this is purely a hobby not a job!

Thanks!
Being that you are focusing on this as a hobby, not a job, you should keep your purchase of large (frame preparation) tools to a minimum. Basic tools for works might include:
  • Set of metric combination wrenches, 6-19mm (21, 22, 23 are occasionally useful for some BMX bicycles)
  • If in the USA, a set of SAE wrenches would be helpful for older Schwinn bikes. Likewise, Whitworth wrenches in England (very little that can't be accomplished with a good adjustable wrench, though).
  • Set of metric hex keys, 1.5-10mm, ball-end preferably. If you want to be really complete, you'll get a 7mm for Campagnolo crank bolts, and an 11 and 12mm for the odd freehub fixing bolt.
  • #1, #2 crosstip screwdrivers
  • 3.5/4mm and 5.5/6mm flathead screwdrivers
  • Pair of needle-nose and regular-nose pliers
  • Pair of good (emphasis on good) 7-10" side-cutters. Klein doesn't make the best, but it's damn good, and much cheaper than the nearest quality competitor.
  • Rubber-tipped hammer/rubber mallet
  • Ball-peen/engineer hammer, 16-20oz
  • Wire rope (aka cable) cutters. Don't scrimp; buy Felco C7s or Shimano CT-12.
  • Derailleur hanger alignment tool
  • Variety of spoke wrenches

Basic supplies to keep on hand are
  • 1-2 of each nominal tube size, especially if working on kids bikes (12", 16", 20x2-ish, 24x2ish, 26x2, 700x19-25, 700x28-32/35, 29x2-ish). Presta and schrader valves from 26", up.
  • Several rolls of cloth rim tape, rather than many sizes of rubber.
  • 2 flat-bar brake cables.
  • 2 drop-bar brake cables (you may get double ended to save room).
  • 2 shimano/sram-style shift cables.
  • Assortment of M5x.8 bolts.

It's not a small amount of stuff to keep on hand, and while it can, granted be used for your own stuff, it may be difficult to justify the costs, especially for small consumables. Please keep in mind that people can be...funny. Be careful whose stuff you work on. You may be doing the work with the best intentions, but if someone gets hurt, you'll be left holding the check, so to speak.
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Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
Being that you are focusing on this as a hobby, not a job, you should keep your purchase of large (frame preparation) tools to a minimum. Basic tools for works might include:
  • Set of metric combination wrenches, 6-19mm (21, 22, 23 are occasionally useful for some BMX bicycles)
  • If in the USA, a set of SAE wrenches would be helpful for older Schwinn bikes. Likewise, Whitworth wrenches in England (very little that can't be accomplished with a good adjustable wrench, though).
  • Set of metric hex keys, 1.5-10mm, ball-end preferably. If you want to be really complete, you'll get a 7mm for Campagnolo crank bolts, and an 11 and 12mm for the odd freehub fixing bolt.
  • #1, #2 crosstip screwdrivers
  • 3.5/4mm and 5.5/6mm flathead screwdrivers
  • Pair of needle-nose and regular-nose pliers
  • Pair of good (emphasis on good) 7-10" side-cutters. Klein doesn't make the best, but it's damn good, and much cheaper than the nearest quality competitor.
  • Rubber-tipped hammer/rubber mallet
  • Ball-peen/engineer hammer, 16-20oz
  • Wire rope (aka cable) cutters. Don't scrimp; buy Felco C7s or Shimano CT-12.
  • Derailleur hanger alignment tool
  • Variety of spoke wrenches

Basic supplies to keep on hand are
  • 1-2 of each nominal tube size, especially if working on kids bikes (12", 16", 20x2-ish, 24x2ish, 26x2, 700x19-25, 700x28-32/35, 29x2-ish). Presta and schrader valves from 26", up.
  • Several rolls of cloth rim tape, rather than many sizes of rubber.
  • 2 flat-bar brake cables.
  • 2 drop-bar brake cables (you may get double ended to save room).
  • 2 shimano/sram-style shift cables.
  • Assortment of M5x.8 bolts.

It's not a small amount of stuff to keep on hand, and while it can, granted be used for your own stuff, it may be difficult to justify the costs, especially for small consumables. Please keep in mind that people can be...funny. Be careful whose stuff you work on. You may be doing the work with the best intentions, but if someone gets hurt, you'll be left holding the check, so to speak.

Wow, thank you so much for the informative reply!
Yes I see what you are saying about frame prep tools not being needed as I would usually only service bikes and tune up road bikes etc.

I know I mention it as a hobby, but I really enjoy fixing bikes and you have brought to my attention about paying the cheque for people getting hurt. Do you think insurance is necessary or will a form similar to what bike shops make you sign when you buy a new bike work? Have you experience in this?

Thanks again for the decent reply!
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Old 06-01-17, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by danok View Post
Wow, thank you so much for the informative reply!
Yes I see what you are saying about frame prep tools not being needed as I would usually only service bikes and tune up road bikes etc.

I know I mention it as a hobby, but I really enjoy fixing bikes and you have brought to my attention about paying the cheque for people getting hurt. Do you think insurance is necessary or will a form similar to what bike shops make you sign when you buy a new bike work? Have you experience in this?

Thanks again for the decent reply!
Re: the insurance thing: if you're making a certain amount of money (say, enough to have to claim it as income), you should talk to your insurance company that you use for home/auto insurance and see if they have a product that will cover you. There may be other avenues, as well. Personally, I would just be careful about who you do work for. A friend is much less likely to seek damages (I hope) than someone who shows up at your garage door. The pickle, so to speak, is that if someone gets hurt on their bike in an crash (let's say, auto), the injured party's insurance company takes over the case, and [whoever] no longer has any say who the insurance company attempts to get money from. Bear in mind, this is all coming from a person who may not even be from the same country, let alone geographic region. Your rules might be different...if you have a lawyer friend, it may be worth asking about it.

Where I'm from, you might use a liability waiver, but these are typically only valid when attached to a corporate entity. Again, depending on how much you make in income, it may be worth it to set up a LLC, which would protect your personal assets in the event of a case against your (hypothetical) business .

It is food for thought, not an admonition not to work on other peoples bikes, though...the world is a small place if everyone is more concerned with covering their own behind, than helping their neighbors.
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